Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib escaped the law in Texas, but may still have a date with Judge Roger Goodell.
Charges of aggravated assualt with a deadly weapon against Talib were dropped Monday, before he was scheduled to go on trial next week, with a possible 20 year prison sentence if convicted.
But the NFL hasn’t ruled on whether it will discipline Talib for his involvement in the March 2011 shooting. League spokesman Greg Aiello told Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times the league plans to review the case. Talib’s lawyer said the league requested a copy of the dismissal order.
Being suspended without a conviction is still possible, as Ben Roethlisberger’s case proved. But complicating Talib’s case is the fact this incident happened during the lockout, when Goodell arguably lacked the power to punish players in the absence of a collectively bargained agreement.
He might have a better chance if this was his first run-in with the law. Talib visited with Goodell following a 2009 arrest for hitting a cab driver (he agreed to pre-trial diversion), and was suspended one game.